On "Morning Joe," Paul Krugman said that on his "list of things to worry about, the long-term deficit is probably No. 5, No. 6," adding:
There’s lots of stuff, if we had a government of philosopher kings, there’s lots of stuff I’d be for. Given the reality of our political, partisan, polarized [world], I want the president to be pushing for job creation. That should be his top priority.
It seems from that passage that Krugman believes job creation could be a part of our present political reality, although I haven't the vaguest idea as to how he might nurture such a belief. Nonetheless his "top priority" is politically astute in the form of a much-needed counteroffensive to Republicans' unremitting deficit pounding, which will only intensify as the 2014 elections approach.
Being deficit hawkish but a bit less deficit hawkish than Republicans is a political loser for Democrats and the White House. Invigorating the nation's sluggish economy ranks three-and-a-half times more important to voters than ending the deficit, and Democrats have nearly two years to educate voters on how accomplishing the primary goal would lead, at any rate, to satisfying the second. They must swing this conversation around to the voter's benefit, and away from Republicans'--i.e., all the deficit scolding.